After Russia airstrike at Ukraine military base, Zelensky’s warning to NATO
In a video address, Zelensky urged NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. “I reiterate that if you do not close our sky, it is only a matter of time before Russian missiles fall on your territory, on NATO territory, on the homes of NATO citizens,” he said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) early Monday that its member states will soon be attacked by Russian forces, a day after a Ukrainian military base close to the Polish border was hit by an airstrike. In a video address, Zelensky urged NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine. “I reiterate that if you do not close our sky, it is only a matter of time before Russian missiles fall on your territory, on NATO territory, on the homes of NATO citizens,” he said.
Zelensky also added in the video message that he had warned NATO leaders last year that "without preventive sanctions, Russia would start a war and would use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a weapon". The Russian airstrike on the Ukrainian military base close to the Polish border killed 35 people and injured 134, according to reports.'
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Regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said that Russian planes fired around 30 rockets at the facility, adding that some were intercepted before they hit. "Russia has attacked the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security near Lviv. Foreign instructors work here. Information about the victims is being clarified," Ukraine's defence minister Oleksii Reznikov said.
The base served as a crucial hub for cooperation between Ukraine and the NATO countries supporting its defence. Previously, it has hosted NATO drills.
The strike came as Moscow warned on Saturday that convoys of Western military supplies for Ukraine would be considered legitimate targets.
The Russian defence ministry, meanwhile, said on Sunday that a missile strike killed “foreign mercenaries” and destroyed a significant number of foreign weapons.
(With agency inputs)